October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. An important part of this month of awareness is promoting mammograms or breast cancer screenings. Nearly 10 million cancer screenings were missed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this year is more important than ever to raise awareness. Early cancer screenings are most beneficial for breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Furthermore, early detection and regular screenings could mean the difference between life and death.
Hancock Injury Attorneys is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month by raising awareness and funds for breast cancer efforts. Keep reading for important breast cancer facts and the importance of genetic testing. You will also learn about how Hancock Injury Attorneys is taking a stand against breast cancer and how you can join in the fight.
Breast Cancer Facts
According to recent U.S. breast cancer statistics, approximately 1 in 8 women (about 30%) will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Additionally, breast cancer has death rates that are higher than those than any other cancer for women in the U.S. This is excluding lung cancer.
The World Health Organization claims that as of 2021, breast cancer has become the most common cancer worldwide. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are sex (being a woman) and aging. However, men can also be at risk for developing breast cancer.
The Importance of Genetic Testing
If a family member is diagnosed with breast cancer, then genetic testing is vital to monitor breast health. This is because you could be BRCA 1 or BRCA 2-gene-positive. These are genetic mutations that put a person more at risk for developing breast cancer. Testing can provide insight that will help you make decisions about your health moving forward.
The Hancock family is no stranger to genetic testing. Attorney Claire Hancock and her oldest daughter, Hannah, are both survivors of breast cancer. After testing, Claire, Hannah, and Claire’s youngest daughter, Grace, discovered they are BRCA 2-gene-positive. This is an example of how the same gene can be present in multiple family members. Early detection is key!
Committed To Raising Awareness
Mike and Claire understand the importance of raising money and spreading awareness. That is why Hancock Injury Attorneys values promoting resources and preventative measures to aid in the fight against breast cancer. In an effort to take action, we put our money where our mouth is! This month, our firm proudly participated in Making Strides of Tampa hosted by the American Cancer Society on October 2. Team Hancock walked alongside many survivors and supporters wearing all pink. Additionally, attorney Mike Hancock is a proud ambassador for the American Cancer Society’s 2021 Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which you can donate to here.
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